Ethnicity Studies

Brief thoughts provoked by the AME racial terror shooting in Charleston 

I have a lot of thoughts right now, about systemic racism, systemic violence, systemic extremism, and white privilege. They aren’t well-organized as of now, and anytime I find myself starting to engage, I stop because I don’t have the right words. Just a small observation, though: if you start a comment with “I’m not racist”…… Continue reading Brief thoughts provoked by the AME racial terror shooting in Charleston 

Ethnicity Studies · graduate school · Politics of Education · Writing

Writerly Angst and Grappling with My Privilege

I’ve been unable to write much lately. Part of that is because of my depression and anxiety issues. Part of it is grad school burn out. Part of it is doubting the usefulness of my life’s pursuit. Part of it just comes from being overwhelmed with teacherly duties. And, part of it stems from the…… Continue reading Writerly Angst and Grappling with My Privilege

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Politicized History and James Fenimore Cooper

I just finished reading James Fenimore Cooper’s The Last of the Mohicans (LotM) as part of my study for my qualifying exam.  The Oxford edition of the novel includes an introduction and historical essay by John McWilliams. McWilliams writes, The opposing degrees of truth connoted by the very words ‘history’ and ‘fiction’ mislead us when those words…… Continue reading Politicized History and James Fenimore Cooper